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8/19/14 – 5:22 A.M.

Kenton police officers were forced to shoot and kill an aggressive dog Sunday afternoon. Kentontoday.com reports officers were told the dog, identified as a pit bull, was running loose in an area near St. John’s Church.

The dog’s owner was arrested. 38-year-old Julie Bloomfield is charged with failure to obey a lawful order and failure to confine a dog.

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8/19/14 – 5:17 A.M.

Arlington’s village council talked about maintenance during their meeting last night. Water and Sewer Superintendent Rick Monday told council some minor cracks are being sealed in the clear well that holds finished water at the water treatment plant.

The Courier also reports the village’s swimming pool will be drained for the season Wednesday.

Village council will also apply for grants to fix fencing and dugouts at the park.

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8/19/14 – 5:11 A.M.

Bluffton has received money from its insurance provider to help pay for repairs to the town hall building. The Courier reports an initial payment of more than $146,000 was made recently. The original claim was for more than $174,000, but that was reduced by around $26,000 because of depreciation. Another $1,000 was taken off the claim to cover the deductible.

Village Administrator James Mehaffie told the newspaper there are still outstanding invoices and estimates that have been submitted.

Bluffton’s town hall was damaged when a sprinkler head malfunctioned in May. The problem resulted in around 2,000 gallons of water getting pumped into the building before the water could be shut off.

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8/19/14 – 5:03 A.M.

Carey officials were focused on electricity during their Monday night meeting. The Courier reports village council approved a recommendation to spend more than $1.18 million for equipment to build a new substation near Continental Structural Plastics. The bids came in below the estimated $1.25 million.

Council also gave first reading to a modified electric rate increase. The current proposal would see rates raised 4 percent next year and 2 percent the following year. That differs from the original proposal, which called for a 2 percent raise annually through 2017. The money raised from the increase will help fund upgrades to the electrical system in the village.

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8/19/14 – 4:54 A.M.

The Fostoria City School district is adding a new bus to its fleet. The Review-Times reports the school board voted to approve buying a 77-passenger school bus during their Monday night meeting. The new bus will replace an older model. Fostoria has 19 busses in their current fleet.

Superintendent Andrew Sprang says they should receive the new bus in the next couple of weeks. The school year starts Thursday in Fostoria.

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8/19/14 – 4:48 A.M.

A Findlay native who served in the Iraq war will be honored with service medals today. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown will present eight medals to James Goshe at the Hancock County Veterans Service Office on East Main Cross at 4 p.m.

Goshe joined the Army in 1995 and trained as a cannon crew member. He served with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team in Iraq, and was discharged in 2005.

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8/18/14 – 5:31 A.M.

Gas prices are down as we start a new work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.39. That’s down from the $3.51 we were paying last Monday. It’s also eight cents less than what we were paying a month ago.

Prices in Findlay are trending higher than the state average though. The average price in the city was around $3.44 this morning. Ottawa drivers were paying $3.42.

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8/18/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured in a weekend motorcycle crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 6:40 a.m. Saturday on County Road 180.

Investigators say 26-year-old Sean Farrell was riding his motorcycle north on Road 180 when he lost control just south of State Route 568 in Marion Township. Farrell, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital. From there he was transported to the Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus by medical helicopter.

The crash remains under investigation.

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8/18/14 – 5:15 A.M.

A fire just outside of Findlay injured a father and daughter over the weekend. Liberty Township Fire Chief Gene Stump says firefighters were called to an apartment building at 2800 South Main Street around 7:15 p.m. Saturday. David Castret and his 18-month-old daughter were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital, where they were treated and released.

The fire started in the kitchen and was contained to one apartment. There was smoke damage to other parts of the building. No damage estimate was available.

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8/18/14 – 5:08 A.M.

The former Putnam County jail is set to be torn down. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the county commissioners plan to use Community Development Block Grant money to demolish the 116-year-old building. The commissioners say the building has fallen into disrepair.

The facility stands at the corner of Hickory and East Third Street in Ottawa. It stopped being a jail in 2001 when the new sheriff’s office was built. The building is currently used to house Putnam County’s IT office and for some storage.

County Commissioner John Love tells the newspaper the records will be moved to the Putnam Acres site once their new building is complete.

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